• Exclusive: KIT digital Acquires KickApps, Kewego AND Kyte For $77.2 Million

    TechCrunch exclusive – If you’d never heard about KIT digital before, you will after today. The provider of cloud-based video asset management solutions has acquired not one, not two but three social software and video companies. The company has acquired New York City-based KickApps, Paris-based Kewego, and San Francisco-based Kyte, for aggregate consideration of approximately… Read More

  • KickApps Launches Facebook App Development Suite

    White label social networking startup KickApps has launched a new development suite that aims to simplify the Facebook app development for marketers, brand managers and developers. The KickApps App Studio now allows anyone, including non-programmers, to create rich media Facebook applications. The suite’s ease of use is obtained through drag and drop functionality, allowing users to… Read More

  • KickApps And Adobe Partner To Create Customizable Flash-Based Media Player

    White label social networking startup KickApps is partnering with Adobe to release an Open Source Media Framework (OSMF) Flash-based media player. Users of the cloud-based OSMF App Studio can create highly customized, full featured media player experiences with drag-and-drop functionality and the ability to integrated third party applications and content. The KickApps platform allows web… Read More

  • Another AOL Veteran Jumps Ship, Lands At KickApps

    Social software startup KickApps this morning announced that it has appointed Grant Cerny as Senior Vice President of Product Marketing. Prior, Cerny spent 5.5 years working for AOL, most recently as Vice President, Entertainment, Living & Real-time Products. In a blog post announcing his decision to chase after ‘the next big thing’ following his resignation from AOL last… Read More

  • Kickapps Embraces Facebook Connect And OpenID

    Even white label social networks like Kickapps realize there is no use competing with the viral social networking power of Facebook and MySpace. Instead, Kickapps now wants to ride on their coattails to engage clients in using their platform as a social network. Kickapps, a white label social networking startup, will now support Facebook Connect and OpenID on KickApps-powered… Read More

  • KickApps Actually Raises $14 Million In Series C Round

    Yesterday, word leaked out that white-label social networking startup KickApps raised another round of funding. But the amount reported by PEHub (“over $13 million”), based on an old Reg. D filing at the SEC, wasn’t exactly precise. It wasn’t exactly wrong either. KickApps CEO Alex Blum confirms to me that the company did indeed raise a C round of $14 million with a… Read More

  • KickApps Launches Drag-and-Drop Advertising Service

    KickApps, a company that provides on-demand social media applications that enable web publishers to monetize online audiences announced today that it’s trying to make it easier for website owners to add video advertising to their own videos and websites using the KickApps Widget & Video Player Studio. Using drag-and-drop, KickApps’ clients can add translucent overlay… Read More

  • Reality Digital Raises $6.3 Million Series B

    Everybody wants to get in on social networking and user-generated video. Reality Digital, a white-label YouTube that lets media sites add video-uploading and social-networking features, raised $6.3 million in a series B financing. OpenView Venture Partners was the sole investor in the round. The company previously raised $2 million in a series A from private individuals in November… Read More

  • AOL On A Bender – KickApps May Be Next Acquisition

    AOL, a company that is supposedly on the block themselves, seems to be on somewhat of an acquisition bender lately. In addition to a number of smaller purchases like Yedda and Goowy, and not a day after the announced $850 million acquisition of Bebo, rumors are popping up that AOL is preparing to acquire yet more companies in the coming weeks. The next may be KickApps, a service for… Read More

  • Flux Takes Off

    The Viacom-backed Flux social network, which launched just last September, is really taking off. Flux is a partially distributed social network. Like Ning (and more recently KickApps), it’s a place for sites to easily create a new social network, or bolt a social network onto an existing site, and add users from other platform social networks with a single click. Ning has the benefit of… Read More

  • KickApps Wades into Ning Territory with Version 3.0

    KickApps is implementing a lot of new features and capabilities with its newest release, version 3.0, which debuts today. For a complete list of the improvements, you can check out the company’s official release (see the summary in the second half). The upgrades are largely divided between those that appeal to advanced publishers and those that appeal to novice consumers. The API… Read More

  • KickApps Publishes API Kit, Adopts Facebook and OpenSocial Platform Standards

    KickApps, provider of “white label” social networking functionality for existing websites, has been making strides to open up its hosted platform to both web and application developers. Webmasters who want to integrate KickApps’ social networking features – such as user profiles, videos, photos, and blogs – typically use the company’s Affiliate Center, an… Read More

  • KickApps Gets iPhone-Friendly with Video, Formatting

    KickApps, provider of a platform for building white label social networks, will announce today that it has taken two initiatives to make the social networks hosted on its platform more accessible to iPhone users. First, all videos uploaded to KickApps affiliate networks will be viewable on the iPhone despite the device’s lack of Flash support. Secondly, the company is releasing… Read More

  • Nine Ways to Build Your Own Social Network

    The news may overflow with stories about the social networking giants, such as Facebook and MySpace, but a horde of companies are doing their best to reduce the fundamental features of these websites to mere commodities. These up-and-coming companies provide so-called “white label” social networking platforms that enable their customers to build their own social networks (often… Read More

  • KickApps: White Label Social Networking That Delivers

    KickApps has continued to grow in the face of strong competition from high profile startups such as Ning. TechCrunch first covered KickApps in July 2006. I had the opportunity to speak with CEO Alex Blum this week. Blum was previously President and COO of JumpTV and before that Vice President of Product Marketing for AOL. KickApps’ numbers aren’t as impressive as Nings. KickApps… Read More

  • KickApps social networking software launches

    KickApps, a white label social networking software service, launched publicly today. Think of it as a way for any web site to add functionality similar to MySpace or YouTube. After looking at the way that the system works, I can say that KickApps looks strong on a technology level. While major media companies seem excited these days about buying social networking sites, this is a way they… Read More